The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Located in beautiful scenery between two large natural lochs, Castle Kennedy Gardens extend to seventy five acres of landscaped terraces and avenues. With the romantic and ruined 16th century Castle Kennedy overlooking a walled garden, a two acre round pond in the middle and Lochinch Castle at the other side, these world famous gardens are unique and outstanding. In close proximity to the sea, the Gardens are greatly influenced by the Gulf Stream, and are home to many fine specimens including Champion trees recorded by the Tree Register, Britain’s Champion Rhododendron and an exciting variety of exotic plants.

The Gardens were originally designed in 1722 by the 2nd Earl of Stair, Field Marshal and Ambassador to France, who was greatly influenced by the gardens of Versailles with their adventure and history. Four carefully planned walks of different lengths and interest have been designed for visitors. These reveal the full garden experience throughout the seasons including the snowdrops, daffodils, magnolias and rhododendrons early in the year to the beautiful herbaceous borders later in the summer, as well as many woodland and loch-side walks. The Gardens are full of activity with an annual programme of events which include a Snowdrop Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, open air Theatre Productions, October Pumpkin Trail, Halloween Tours and Garden Ranger activities offering outdoor fun for all the family.

Fact File

Opening Times: Weekends February and March, 1st April – 31st October seven days a week
Admission Rates: Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50, Child £2.00, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £12.00
Groups Rates: Minimum group size 20 - 10% discount on normal admission rates.
Facilities: Gift Shop, Tea Room, Plant Sales
Disabled Access: Partial. Toilet and parking for disabled on site.
Tours/Events: Guided Walks with the Head Gardener, Garden Ranger activities, Easter Egg Hunt, Open Air Theatre Productions and Bird Hide
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 1 – 6 hours
Booking Contact: Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stair Estates, Rephad, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 8BX
Gardens Tel: 01581 400225 Telephone: 01776 702024
Location: Approximately 3 miles east of Stranraer on A75, DG9 8SJ.

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